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. and that means that we still have a big hole to fill. gwen: who is in that big hole? and why is it that month after month, and after month, it never seems to get more shallow? >> let's go back a little ways. a few months ago, the economy seemed to be having a nice head of steam. we were seeing very strong job growth numbers of 200,000 per month. and suddenly everything seemed to hit a wall. we've had a run of bad luck. we had very bad snowstorms earlier this year, a series of natural disasters here. the big hit came from gasoline prices that shot up to around $4 for gasoline because of the libyan rebellion. and finally the japanese earthquake and tsunami turned out to be a much bigger negative for us than we may have appreciated. because it cut off the flow of vital parts. put all those things together and it cost a lot of momentum. may very poor job numbers and in june, very poor job numbers. it was kind of surprising because in fact over the last few weeks, we had a wave of optimism because some of those tempering negatives seemed to be going away. as gasoline prices dropped and japan got b
these months of doing nothing, sided with the $4 trillion a solution, the big solution, which includes tax reform and dealing with entitlements. maybe i'm whistling past the graveyard, but for the first time i feel a tiny bit of hope they can get this done. >> did we hear a suggestion from speaker boehner earlier this week that possibly, they might consider an increase in tax revenues? >> if you were to means test social security, for example, not a crazy idea, but it is a tax increase -- >> it is not a tax increase, it is a reduction of benefits. >> obama, as far as i can tell, has basically, and so far, thrown in the towel. he says he wants to have some loopholes close, but that unsystemic revenue increase does not get you very far. the question that is where you got? -- where do you cut? you have to cut everywhere, especially in science, especially defense, but you also have tax increases -- especially entitlements, especially defense, but you also have to have tax increases. >> that is not true. obama, as i understand it, has presented a range of options brought the little group decide
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